There is nothing quite like homemade granola as I can now assert with confidence, having finally made my own. It's not something I eat all that often, but it does make for a healthy treat, quick breakfast or travel along snack. Granola is especially delightful served up with a good helping of almond milk or yogurt and topped with fresh berries. It's a fine way to enjoy a generous serving of fiber, protein and essential nutrients too.
Though I embrace nearly every legume with open arms and a hungry tummy, my pantry being a concrete overflowing testament to that statement, if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, say a desert island essential, I would say buttery soft, plump, and infinitely versatile chickpeas are always a consideration when it comes to meal planning.
Spice them up, mash them up, make them into hummus, little bites, even desserts, one of my latest experiments was a fusion-style dish that also features peanut butter for extra protein and legume goodness.
If you haven't used peanut butter in a savory dish before, you are missing out. The texture, creaminess and protein count is unmatched. Squash fills things out nicely here, and not to be missed are the spices, red pepper and sprinkling of fresh cilantro and zesty lime.
My approach to eating is to focus on small balanced meals and wholesome snacks and treats that can be enjoyed throughout the day. I always focus on variety and quality ingredients to ensure that my digestive system is not overly taxed and additionally that I'm getting a wide range of nutrients from different sources.
This brings me to these little trail mix bites that are easy to prepare and packed right full of protein. You really only need one to provide a boost of energy.
They travel well on the trail, are well suited to take along for an addition to lunch, or just enjoyed when you are wanting a snack right inside when it's too miserable to want to go on a trek. It's always such a challenge to find anything decently nourishing and healthy to purchase when on a road trip, but if you plan ahead, it won't be necessary to stop for snacks.
Potatoes are always a nourishing and comforting choice to serve up for dinner, and when they are shaped into heavenly patties with a mushroom and pea filling, complete with fresh dill and spices, and then baked or fried and topped with velvety tomato chutney, culinary bliss ensues. These were served up as a side, but honestly, if that was all I was going to eat for my evening meal, I would have been completely satisfied. Slightly crisp on the outside and soft inside, these succulent little bites were inspired by my potato patties stuffed with spiced green peas (aloo mattar tikki).